Police are investigating two overnight home invasions, in which the residents of two different houses — one in Havers and the other in Great Mountain — reported being held at gunpoint by three masked men, police said.

“This is a most unusual occurrence here in the BVI, and has left the victims feeling vulnerable and traumatised,” acting Police Commissioner David Morris said in a press release.

The first alleged invasion occurred shortly before midnight on Sunday night, and the second followed shortly thereafter, at roughly 1:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to Police Information Officer Diane Drayton.

Police are asking anyone with information on the crimes, “no matter how insignificant it is,” to contact the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477, or call the Criminal Investigations Unit at 311.

“These men are callous individuals who have used threats to steal items of little material value,” Mr. Morris added in the release. “The victims will carry the memory of these events with them and the impact of that cannot be underestimated.”

Police have “stepped up” patrol routes on Tortola and are advising residents to take the usual security precautions of locking doors and windows and reporting any suspicious activity, the release states.